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The Princess Casamassima by Henry James
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Feb 01, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 01 to March 15, 2012

This is one of the most interesting and unique works that I've read by the master. Our tragic anti-hero, Hyacinth Robinson, is a prelude to many of the protagonists in his later works, most notably The Ambassadors. Hyacinth is the symbol of the life not lived, a Naturalistic exercise in circumstance, and a web of realistic impressions, yet at the same time, a drowning body in a sea of doubts, fears, and anxieties. This middle work is well worth the read, especially for people to see how James deals with political issues and socialist feelings. This novel is most definitely a nod to Zola.
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